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Dual Monitors not working - "NO SIGNAL"


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I posted this in the Windows XP forum originally, but I am not sure if this is the correct place for this issue.

Hello,

I appreciate any advise that may come my way.

I am running Windows XP on a desktop. I recently bought an LCD TV and wanted to setup dual monitors.

My video card has on VGA slot and one DVI slot. As a result, I have one VGA cable connecting the initial monitor to my PC. I bough a DVI/HDMI cable and used that to connect my television to the computer.

When I go into Display Settings, Windows shows me a 2nd monitor and allows me to extend my desktop.

The ISSUE: the LCD TV ( 2nd monitor ) continues to say "NO SIGNAL" so that while i have the option to drag windows onto the 2nd monitor, they will not display.

I assume in this situation, the cable works fine since the connection is picked up, the video card is fine since it shows a 2nd monitor and has 2 slots...what can be the issue?


Please help.
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don't post duplicate topics on the same issue...if it's in the wrong place one of us will move it

in the display settings...if you right click that second monitor is "attach" checked?
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yeah sorry about that.

yes, the attached option is checked.
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what's the make/model of your graphics card? have you played around in the advanced settings? some graphics cards treat TVs as different animals than monitors
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nvidia geforce 5200

i have clicked into the advanced settings to change them, that did not appear to do anything. the samsung people said this has nothing to do with the tv, then said "you can't plug 2 monitors into 1 video card, it will fry your motherboard," the video card people said to direct questions to the manufacturer and dell said we dont care, you are no longer under warranty.
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"you can't plug 2 monitors into 1 video card, it will fry your motherboard,"

that's laughable at best.

what happens if you try to use the TV as your primary monitor (either unplug the monitor from the VGA port, or right click monitor two in the display properties and choose primary)

also...just to make sure...you do have the TV to show the right hdmi port correct?
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well i've tried that. if i disconnect the vga monitor and restart, i gets screwed because windows loads, the tv maintains the no signal status and i have to shut off the extension cord to turn of the pc. same thing was needed when i set the tv as the primary monitor because while the tv still showed "no signal" the display properties and everything that i opened was "showing up" on the screen, but without a way to see it, (all i see is "no signal") i had to shut down the pc.

i know its the right hdmi connection, because depending on where i plug it in, and click on the source button on the tv, it will read it as either hdmi 1, 2, or 3
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have you tried updating the drivers for the card? does the tv have a VGA port? do you have any other second monitor to test with?
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well, i went to the site for the card and it downloaded something, i think that was the right update. the tv does work fine as a 2nd monitor via VGA with my laptop, i have not tried it yet with VGA with the desktop.
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try using it as VGA from the desktop to make sure that it works...

does your monitor have a dvi port?
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I know this might sound weird, but I ran into this a couple days ago at a business I do work for. It turned out, that one of the VGA cables must have been damaged. I swapped out the cable and everything worked perfectly. This isn't a Samsung TV, is it? Some of them require that you use a specific HDMI input when connecting a PC.
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it is a samsung. but i am not using a vga cable to connect the television, the vga connects the monitor to the pc and works fine.
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I guess I should have been clearer. I was saying that your cable could be faulty and it happened to me with a VGA cable. What model Samsung do you have? I've seen some of them that require you to use the HDMI 2 input when connecting a PC. Have you checked your manual to make sure that isn't the case here?
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if the cable was faulty then my pc wouldn't recognize the presence of the tv, or at least i don't think the cable is at fault.
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I thought you were getting the "no signal" problem when connecting. I do see in one of your posts that you mentioned

the tv does work fine as a 2nd monitor via VGA with my laptop, i have not tried it yet with VGA with the desktop.


I just wanted to make sure you were using the same cable.
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